Neuschwanstein Castle is the ultimate fairytale castle with the Alps in the background. It’s supposedly the inspiration for the Disney castle’s design and it is absolutely breathtaking. If you ever find yourself in Munich, make sure you take a day to go visit.
Here’s a bit of history about the castle: Neuschwanstein translates to “New Swan Stone,” built in 1869 by King Ludwig II, also known as the Swan King, or the Fairy Tale King. It was built facing his childhood home, the Castle Hohenschwangau (High Swan Region), which you can also visit.
How to get there:
***If you’re going during the high season, typically the summer months, I recommend you buy your tickets in advance here. You wouldn’t want to go all the way there to find out it’s sold out!***
Though it seems to be deep in the mountains, getting to this castle is a lot easier than one might think. As it it such a common tourist area (over 1.3 million annually), it’s very easy to access, and really not as far away as you’d think. I suggest getting a Bayern Ticket. This is a pass that allows you and up to 5 people unlimited travel in all of Bavaria for the entire day (note that it’s as of 9am). It’s only about 23€ (add an extra 5€ per person) and totally worth it!
You’ll get on the train to Füssen, which is about a two-hour ride, and you’ll get some amazing landscapes to look at as you get closer and closer to the mountains.
Once in Füssen, you’ll take a bus to “Schwangau.” It’ll be very easy to find as I’m sure you won’t be the only one trying to make their way there. You’ll hop off at the “Hohenschwangau” stop (again, very obvious as you’ll see the castle and village).
First things first, you’ll go to the ticket office (only place where you can get tickets to the castles) and decide which ticket you want to get: you can visit either castle or both, or even get another ticket to visit all of King Ludwig II’s castles.
Neuschwanstein is about 1.5km away from the ticket centre, though it’s an uphill walk, which will take you about 30 minutes. You can also hire a horse-drawn carriage to take you up the hill.
Hohenschwangau is a little closer, though still on a uphill path, but it shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes climb up.
Don’t miss: Make sure to check out the Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge)! This is where you’ll get the famous view of the castle. It’s another 15-20 minute walk, but so worth it. (Note that it is typically closed during the winter as the ice can be very dangerous.)